Played by Pamela Rabe

Inmate number: 580132

Time at Wentworth: 1 year as Governor

Charges: Murder, 2 counts of attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury, false imprisonment and 2 counts of perverting the course of justice

Served: 4-6 months at Sinclair (psych facility), waiting to stand trial

Joan’s strength is her determination to succeed against the odds.

She found a career in corrections and started as an officer.  Her no-nonsense attitude won her fans in high places and she was fast-tracked to Deputy Governor of Queensland’s most troublesome prison, Blackmoore, a prelude to her appointment at Wentworth in season 2.

However, Bea’s escape in season 2 has the powers that be questioning Ferguson’s ability to keep Wentworth under control in season 3.  Bea’s fearless rise to top dog provokes Ferguson to resort to harsh consequences for the inmates.

As Ferguson’s control of Wentworth teeters, desperation sets in when Ferguson tries to cover up the murder of Jess Warner by setting fire to Wentworth at the end of season 3.

Ferguson returns to Wentworth in the latest chapter as an inmate and the quest to fabricate her innocence and bring down Bea Smith and Vera Bennett is unremitting.